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NYS Regents Exams

Regents Examinations are achievement tests that are aligned with New York State’s learning standards. Prepared by teacher examination committees and Department subject and testing specialists, Regents Examinations provide schools with a basis for evaluating the quality of instruction and learning that have taken place. They are used by school personnel to identify major learning goals, offering both teachers and students a guide to important understandings, skills, and concepts. The examinations also provide students, parents, counselors, administrators, college admissions officers, and employers with objective and easily understood achievement information for use in making sound educational and vocational decisions. Passing scores on the Regents Examinations in English, mathematics, science, and social studies satisfy the State testing requirements for a high school diploma. For more information, please visit Regents Examination General Information

Who takes the test?
Students have the opportunity to take Regents Exams in grades 9-12 and, when appropriate, in grade eight. Students may also take Regents exams after leaving high school to earn a diploma. 

When are the 2023-2024 Regents exams?
The exams are typically administered in January, June and August.  Please visit our Testing and Assessment Calendar page or the New York State Education Department Exam Schedule page for more information. 

What is on the test?
The content will vary by exam subject. All exams have multiple-choice and open-ended questions.

How is the test scored?
The Regents exams are scored by licensed and trained Central Islip teachers, and follows NY State Education Department policies on scoring of State exams.

How are the results reported?
You can see Regents exam results on the student's high school transcript and in the Parent Portal

How are the results used?
Results are used for student high school graduation requirements, school quality reports, and college application transcripts.